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EPA awards grant to support teacher education project

Release Date: 12/12/2003
Contact Information: Roy Seneca 215-814-5567

Contact: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $4,941 grant to support a unique workshop that educates elementary school teachers in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties in Pennsylvania about environmental concepts.

“If we can reach out and educate our teachers about the importance of protecting our natural resources, they in turn will be able to pass on some critical lessons about environmental protection to their students,” said Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

The grant was awarded to Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Unit 1 in Coal Center, Pa. which supports education projects for school districts in Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. The workshop is called the “Contain, Maintain and Connect Outdoor Environmental Workshop” where about 20 teachers learn about basic environmental concepts and how they can use them to identify local environmental problems and provide applicable lessons in their classroom.

Since 1992, EPA has provided nearly $3 million annually to local organizations and schools nationwide. These grants fund education programs in nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies supporting a wide range of environmental issues for citizens of all ages.

Visit to find out more about EPA’s environmental education grants and online resources for communities, educators, and children.